An abundance has been written in the papers just a while ago concerning the bingo industry struggling because of the smoking ban in England. Conditions have grown so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has requested big aid to help keep the businesses from going bankrupt. However can the web variation of this classic game provide a escape, or might it never compare to its bricks and mortar peer?

Bingo is an age old game normally enjoyed by the "blue haired" generation. For all that the game of late had undergone a recent comeback in acceptance with younger members of society opting to go to the bingo halls rather than the discos on a Friday night. This is all about to be reversed with the introduction of the smoking ban all over Britain.

Players will no longer be allowed to smoke at the same time dabbing numbers. Beginning in the summer of ‘07 every public place will not be allowed to permit cigarettes in their locations and this includes Bingo parlours, one of the most favored locations where folks enjoy smoking.

The outcome of the cigarette ban can already be looked at in Scotland where cigarettes are already not allowed in the bingo parlours. Players have plummeted and the industry is beyond a doubt fighting for to stay alive. But where have the players gone? Obviously they haven’t cast aside this enduring game?

The answer is online. People are now realizing that they can gamble on bingo from their computer while enjoying a cocktail and cigarette and in the end, enjoy monstrous cash rewards. This is a recent phenomenon and has timed itself just about perfectly with the anti cigarette law.

Of course betting on on the net can never replace the collective aspect of heading down to the bingo parlour, but for a demographic of players the law has left a lot of bingo players with little alternative.